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Stories by Mel Cooke

Published:Sunday | August 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There are a lot of tracks on the Gussie Clarke-curated Dub Anthology. Over 70 of them. But when he put out the multidisc collection, initially Clarke was still not satisfied and went back to add a visual element with Dub Talks, gathering a number of...

Published:Wednesday | August 15, 2018 | 12:10 AMMel Cooke

The Billboard Chart of top reggae albums does not have a star beside a particular full-length project each week and identify it as the greatest comeback set of the current listing. If it did, Sting and Shaggy’s joint effort would take it...

Published:Sunday | August 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Your Honour is Pluto Shervington's enduring courtroom music drama about being caught in the closet of a woman's home by her very angry husband, who beats him badly. Written from the first-person point of view, Your Honour makes for humorous listening, but it was not funny for Shervington, who made a full confession to The Sunday Gleaner...

Published:Tuesday | August 7, 2018 | 10:37 AMMel Cooke

  When it comes to the Billboard Reggae Album charts, a week is ages, especially in the heat of summer when the new releases are fast, furious — and sometimes fleeting. Through all the flurry, Sting and Shaggy are proving resilient with...

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Alisia Jarrett fell in love with Irvin 'Carrot' Jarrett during a midnight to sunrise conversation. She had felt the literal heat of his hand days earlier, when Carrot touched her during one of several checks to ensure she was OK during a wellness...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

On the face of it, Lone Ranger's song Love Bump seems to be about the visible after-effects of two lovers nuzzling as he asks, "how yu ketch de love bump?" and immediately answers, "when you're young and in love." He then enquires, "how the love...

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There was a time, 15 years ago, when road work in Three Miles, St Andrew, was in the news, just as it is now when an ultra-modern network being constructed to handle the high volume of traffic on one of the Jamaican capital's gateways.It is on the...

Published:Tuesday | July 10, 2018 | 11:26 AMMel Cooke

   New entries stop ‘Stony Hill’ short of 52-week chart run Protoje’s new release A Matter of Time, has entered the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart, valid for up to Saturday, July 14, in fine style - ...

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Singjay Asadenaki does not put 'Wailer' on his recordings, the most recent of which was the early June release Rockin', done with Aza Lineage. It is the organisers of concerts, on which he performs (he was on Rebel Salute 2018 in January) who often...

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Reggae Artiste Kabaka Pyramid does not wait until the World Cup to follow football (although he has been a Germany supporter since 1994). And it was while watching a game between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF in 2014 that he wrote the lyrics to...

Published:Thursday | July 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

If the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart for the week ending July 7 seems very much like the one for the previous week (which completed half of 2018 for the listing), then that is because in part it is. Exactly. The top five remains unchanged. So...

Published:Sunday | July 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Lighthouse, which appears on Bushman's 2004 album Signs, is a departure from his usual approach of recording lyrics that he has written. Still, he says, "I an I open to a song as long as me feel it lyrically and it have substantial value." He adds...

Published:Sunday | June 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The old Goodyear factory in Springfield, St Thomas, has attracted many an intention for pressing it back into service. But, unlike the tyres that were once made there and eventually fitted to motor vehicles, none of the plans has gained traction....

Published:Sunday | June 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Musical Youth's official biography, a printed 48-page keepsake, says, "it was in Birmingham that Michael and Kelvin Grant, Junior and Patrick Waite, and Dennis Seaton were born and grew up. It's still the boys' home base, the place they know and...

Published:Tuesday | June 12, 2018 | 12:34 PMMel Cooke

  Sting and Shaggy are a number one combination for yet another week on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart as their ‘44/876’ has held on to the top spot for the listing valid up to Saturday, June 16. However, the remixes version of...

Published:Sunday | June 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Irie Souljah wrote the lyrics to his song Who is the Immigrant, which appears on his 2015 album Immigrant, after watchin g scenes of Africans trying to get to his home country - Spain. At the time, he was living in Stony...

Published:Wednesday | May 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Irie Souljah's debut album, Immigrant, was released in 2015 - a year after he moved to Jamaica from his home country Spain.The album's title track was written after he saw footage of some Africans' desperate - and often doomed - struggle to get to...

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

After negotiating traffic barriers in the west Kingston zone of special operations (ZOSO), which soldiers readily move as the marked Gleaner vehicle approaches, then going through Trench Town, The Sunday Gleaner's recent day across Kingston with...

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The 1971 Movie Star marked a move into independence for singer Errol Dunkley after recording for Prince Buster and Joe Gibbs, among other producers. Like many performers, Dunkley was dissatisfied with the returns, and he partnered with a talented...

Published:Thursday | May 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The Billboard Reggae Albums Chart valid up to Saturday, May 5, is striking for the number of entries that were not on the previous edition.Not all of the incoming sets are unfamiliar as some of them have made the chart before. And with seven of the...

Published:Sunday | April 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In the posthumous 2000 Peter Tosh album Live at the One Love Peace Concert, spoken words are listed in three places. The 40-second track four is named Intro Rap, and track five is the combination Burial/Speech, timed at 12 minutes and 17 seconds. In...

Published:Sunday | April 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Herbie Miller, director-curator of the Jamaica Music Museum (JaMM) in the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), was the personal manager of singer and musician Peter Tosh in 1978 and saw first-hand the Stepping Razor's reluctance to participate in the One...

Published:Sunday | April 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

By 1972, singer Errol Dunkley had established a track record of turning out popular songs. Movie Star (remade by Wayne Wonder and Buju Banton in the early 1990s) had hit the year before, and You'll Never Know had started the decade strongly for...

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

'Holiday', the 2009 combination by singer Chevaughn and dancer-turned-deejay Ding Dong, celebrating all breaks from the hum-drum of daily routines, could have been Rainy Day. Chevaughn went to the Notice Productions base off Manning's Hill Road, St...

Published:Sunday | April 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There are points during the annual Road March through Kingston's streets, that the DJ hails persons from various countries and, as Carnival in Jamaica climaxes today, Kamal Bankay, expects a vigorous response to the names of a number of Caribbean...

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